The idea of the “right to the city” (Lefebvre 2003), based on the understanding of the ‘urban’ as a unique form of human existence, has become a popular framework both for thinking about social justice in a specifically urban context and as a profound and at the same time flexible framework for urban grassroots organizing. Through theoretical exploration and practical examples, the aim of this paper is to contribute to the formation of a politics of research and knowledge production that suits the concept and practice of the right to the city. Based on an expansion of the “right to research” as developed by Arjun Appadurai (2006) and heavily influenced by the theory and practice of Participatory Action Research, the overall argument of this paper is that the right to research has to be acknowledged as an inevitable component of any struggle for the right to the city.
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